Monday, May 14, 2012

Greeks pay their fair share

Krugman suggests that we might be close to the end, if Greece is unable to form a government and ends up out of the euro, which seems increasingly likely. One thing that everybody seems to agree is that in the Greek case fiscal issues did play a role. So here is some food for thought, are Greeks taxed at lower rates than citizens of other OECD countries?
The overall tax revenue as a share of GDP is actually a bit lower than the German, but not much, and is higher than the US, according to OECD data. There are differences on what kinds of taxes Greeks and Germans pay, with the Greek paying more on goods and services and less on income (i.e. a more regressive tax structure). But, for what is worth, tax revenues are not way off with respect to other countries.

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